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Child healthcare nurses' experiences of asking new mothers about intimate partner violence
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. University Health Care Research Center, Region Örebro County, Örebro, Sweden; Faculty of Health, Science, and Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7352-8234
Central Child Health Unit, County Council of Varmland, Karlstad, Sweden.
Central Child Health Unit, Örebro County Region, Örebro, Sweden.
Department of Social and Psychological studies, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden.
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 27, no 13-14, p. 2752-2762Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aims and objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate child health care nurses' experiences of asking mothers of 8-month-old children about intimate partner violence using a two-step questionnaire.

Background: Exposure to intimate partner violence is detrimental to women and to their children, and its early detection is vital. Child health care is a promising setting for detecting intimate partner violence.

Design: The overall project had a quasi-experimental design, and was employed in 2015 at 12 child health care centers in Sweden. The project aimed to test a two-step method for talking about intimate partner violence with mothers (n = 198) at the child health care center. In this paper we disclose the experiences of the intervention from the perspective of the nurses (n = 13) who were educated and involved in the intervention.

Methods: Data were collected by semi-structured interviews, analyzed by thematic analysis.

Results: Five categories emerged: Using the two-step questionnaire method, Asking about IPV as an important issue, Being comfortable in the professional role and with asking about IPV, The importance of time and place in asking about IPV, and Spill-over effects.

Conclusions: Asking mothers visiting the child health clinic about their experiences of intimate partner violence was seen as an important task. Using a questionnaire could facilitate asking, but the questionnaire must be short and easy to use. Furthermore, the time and place for initiating a talk about this sensitive topic must be carefully chosen.

Relevance to clinical practice: The Violence in Families questionnaire was regarded as a useful tool and could thus be implemented in practice. However, it is important to offer education to the nurses prior to implementing a routine of asking about intimate partner violence in the child healthcare setting.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2018. Vol. 27, no 13-14, p. 2752-2762
Keywords [en]
Child health care clinics, intimate partner violence, nursing, qualitative methods
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63991DOI: 10.1111/jocn.14242ISI: 000435942000025PubMedID: 29274181Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85041099584OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-63991DiVA, id: diva2:1172337
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Funding Agencies:

County Council of Värmland  

Karlstad University 

Available from: 2018-01-09 Created: 2018-01-09 Last updated: 2018-08-30Bibliographically approved

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